Accelerating the Net Zero Transition in Asia and the Pacific: Low-Carbon Hydrogen for Industrial Decarbonization

Publication | August 2023

The Asia and Pacific region has both great potential for clean hydrogen production and the ability to meet hydrogen consumption locally.

Hydrogen is regarded as one of the limited options for decarbonizing the hard-to-abate industrial sector. We investigate the status and potential of green and blue hydrogen in some major industrial sectors, including oil refining, chemical production, iron and steel production, and high-temperature heat applications. We focus on the Asia and Pacific region, which accounts for half of the global industrial hydrogen demand. The status of the hydrogen market, the deployment actions of low-carbon hydrogen in industrial sectors in terms of national strategies, demonstration projects, and the regional hydrogen market of the Asia and Pacific countries are summarized and analyzed. Perspectives are provided in support of accelerating the further decarbonization of the industrial sector in the APAC region with low-carbon hydrogen. Despite variations across countries in Asia and the Pacific in terms of low-carbon hydrogen production and application potentials due to different resource endowments, energy structures, and industrial structures, the region enjoys high potential overall, and in the ability for cross-border hydrogen trading in particular. 


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  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Industry and trade
  • China, People's Republic of
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam